Updated on July 29, 2023
With the amount of vehicular traffic that has increased over the last few years and growing, dashcams have become part and parcel of our car accessory list. Accidents do happen and with them arise the question of insurance claims and counterclaims. Dashcams are the most definitive tools to refute a bogus insurance claim by others as well as to establish a genuine insurance claim made by us. With that in mind, we are continually reliant upon their functionality. There are many different types and budgets for this device that determine features and quality. In this line up of our dash cam reviews, we take a look at the Lumina Zoom Series:
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The lens on the Lumina Full HD 1080P Zoom-Series has a wide 170˚ angle of coverage of the road ahead, which is very good for the money. The 6 layer Nikon glass produces a clear picture of the scene between the A-pillars of a car and records everything for posterity or at least until you delete them.
The ability to record full HD videos is a must these days. Higher the resolution of the recordings, better is the chance of establishing your point of view in the event of a crash. Grainy and low-resolution videos will have a hard time being accepted as pieces of evidence in a court. The Lumina captures full HD videos (at 1080p).
In addition to it, the H.264 compression technology ensures much smaller video files. Smaller video files are easier to store. A 1 TB hard drive can be used to store hours and hours’ worth of recordings.
The camera supports MicroSD cards. You can plug in up to 32 Gigs of memory card. That should give you enough storage to record up to 8 hours of recording straight. Even after you have exhausted your entire memory card don’t fret; the camera is capable of recording in loops. Loop recording is a system in which the Lumina dash cam keeps logging even after the built-in/external memory card storage is exhausted. This is managed by deleting the older recordings.
Dimensions And Weight
The Lumina Zoom Series happens to be one of the smallest dashcams currently being sold in the market. The dimensions of the product are 4.7 x 3.9 x 3.2 ounces. The dashcam comes with a few accessories such as a USB to cigarette lighter cable. This one connects your car cigarette lighter to your dash cam.
Memory Lock Gravity Sensing
As expected, it is fitted with a G-sensor. This is the term that has been given to a technology that can sense rapid acceleration and deceleration. Both these are classic cases of an accident. When hit from behind a car usually accelerates rapidly.
Similarly, when a car hits another in front or collides with any obstacle after veering out of control, it comes to a sudden full stop. In both these situations, a g-sensor-equipped dashcam will go into action. It will not only record the moments when these sudden changes in gravity take place but also will lock the said videos in its memory to prevent accidental overwrites. These become crucial pieces of evidence if and when the crash comes under investigation.
The Lumina Full HD also has a motion detector sensor. This sensor is what activates the parking monitor feature of the dashcam. When switched on, any movement in front of the car will wake the camera up, and it would make a quick recording of the action. This system works perfectly when you are parked outside in a shady neighborhood. If someone tries to carjack or damage your car the camera would be able to record a quick video of the movement. Needless to say, you can use this as a piece of evidence in the event of a crime.
Setting It Up
Installation requires you to either stick it to the front of the windshield or mount on to the dashboard. Use one of the three car mount brackets that come in the package. Then you can use 3M double-sided tape, and it should be able to hold the dashcam securely on the windshield or the dashboard. Powering the camera is easy. All you have is to connect it to the cigarette lighter of your car.
The dash camera allows you to set it up manually, tweaking almost every setting. You can adjust the exposure compensation, ISO setting, and video resolution. You can also choose to turn off sound recording as well.
The dashcam has been set-up to start recording as soon as you start the ignition of your car. On the other hand, the vehicle will stop recording after you have stopped driving.
Video Set Up
There is not much of a set-up required to get the Lumina dash cam going. It comes with a factory set-up. All you need to do is choose a mounting position, install to the dashboard of your car, and connect the power cable, and it is ready to go.
The device is a capable still recording camera. You can take it off the mount and use it to make quick snaps. But it is not exactly the sort of camera you are expected to shoot stills with. Your smartphone is a better shooter for that purpose. In case you take the fancy of using off its power source like a regular camera, you have about 20 mins worth of battery power when shooting videos.
The Lumina dash cam is a fine one, but lacks GPS. It is certainly a value-for-money proposition, especially given the pricing of the product. It comes with full HD video recording, g-sensor with memory lock and loop recording. It is a capable still camera too, and gives a wide-angle perspective of the view in front of the car. Overall a full equipped dashcam that you can’t go wrong with.
With more than 20 years of experience in the automotive industry, Ash possesses a deep understanding of the diverse needs and challenges faced by drivers on the road. His relentless commitment to road safety and ongoing research is fueled by a genuine desire to create safer environments for all drivers.